$17.7 Million West Virginia Medical Malpractice Verdict Against Neurosurgeon

In late March 2022, a West Virginia medical malpractice jury awarded over $17.7 million to a man who was left paralyzed after undergoing two spinal surgeries and subsequently suffering a stroke. The West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against neurosurgeon Dr. John R. Orphanos.

The plaintiff alleged in his West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit that he was injured as a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred on June 4, 2017 after which he was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment. For the first two days in the hospital, the plaintiff had sensation in his extremities and could move all his extremities. Orphanos initially planned to have the plaintiff wear a back brace for six to eight weeks, but later changed his treatment plan and recommended surgery. Orphanos failed to order a pre-surgery MRI to determine whether there were existing or potential problems in the plaintiff’s spine.

The first surgery took place on June 6, 2017 and involved spinal fusions, during which Orphanos reportedly failed to use a monitoring device during surgery. The plaintiff woke up in the recovery room after surgery with complete loss of motor function and sensation in his lower extremities. A post-surgery MRI was suboptimal due to the effects of the surgical procedures. A more appropriate MRI scan could have been ordered as a result, but Orphanos allegedly failed to do so. After a second surgery, the plaintiff became a permanent paraplegic. In 2020, the plaintiff suffered a stroke that he claimed was related to Orphanos’ medical negligence.

The eight-day West Virginia medical malpractice trial concluded on March 24, 2022, at which time the jury awarded the plaintiff with regard to his paraplegia claim damages for past expenses in the amount of $1,374,079; lost earning capacity in the amount of $591,166; future care expenses in the amount of $6,511,940; and, past and future pain and suffering in the amount of $2.5 million. With regard to his stroke, the West Virginia medical malpractice jury awarded damages for additional future care and treatment in the amount of $1,793,690, and future pain and suffering in the amount of $5 million.

The plaintiff’s West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer stated after the verdict, “We are very grateful to the jury who saw through the attempts to rationalize the defendant’s conduct and delivered a jury verdict that will take care of Mr. Rodgers and provide the services he will need. Although his health will never be restored, this verdict sends a message to doctors and institutions who try to take shortcuts with patients and by doing so, play with their lives.”

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